Michael Ironside and I
2K 1,33:1, Sound, Colour, 15 min, 2021
SynopsisI revisit fictional rooms of a nineties childhood, while thinking about what has become of their inhabitants - male, tech-savy adolescents.
Festivals, Exhibitions and Screenings
European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck 2021
EMAF-Media Art Award of the Association of German Film Critics (VdFk)
...von möglichen Welten. Regionale 22, Kunsthalle Basel, CH
curated by Elena Filipovic and Renate Wagner
Abandoned spaces of adolescence in films and series from the previous century. The light is still on, technical devices switched on, control lamps flashing, PC keyboards are waiting for input. The protagonists are missing. A narrator has investigated what has become of them since they left these film spaces. From the present off-screen, he speaks of sexual assaults, career endings and a suicide. His own youthful enthusiasm, on the other hand, has encapsulated itself in the inanimate, technoid facilities. A new space is discovered, a door opens - into a space that is also just a film space. Coming of Age as Coming of Film misfires.
The VdFk jury commends a complex essayistic examination of film and television history. In the flowing montage of found genre images, traces of toxic masculinity become visible that do not permit nostalgic transfiguration. Nonetheless, the author's cinephile sensitivity remains the fuel of (self-)reflection.
(Dunja Bialas, Jan Künemund, Tina Waldeck for European Media Art Festival / VdFK)